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03-16-2016, 05:09 PM   #1
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Naming system: Full frame = K; APSC = M?

Just thought that future APSC models (like the successor of K3) can start to take the M prefix instead, like the old MX line, since they both share the smaller size factor trait? The. It won't confuse with the K flagship FF line.

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Well the K is for "K-mount", which both formats use. Might be better to distinguish the product lines numerically or to add a second letter.

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They should have named the K-1 the LX2
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First there was the ist* - the name of which I never really understood. Then, they came out with the K100D/K110D, followed by the K10D and K200. This had a sequencing logic to it across the entry level, and the advanced level. The K20D was next which was followed by the K7, then the K5 and K3. Now, we have the K1 - and I do not understand anything about the various relationships across the Pentax camera models - especially when you toss in the K-01/ K30 / K50 / K500 along with the K-s1 and K-s2. I sorta of understood the Kx and the Kr, but now it just looks like Pentax consults the Magic 8 ball for names.


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Depends if the "K" means the mount or the camera. The "K" or "King" was the 3rd SLR camera (far left) released by Asahi Pentax.





Then came S, H, K (next generation), M, LX etc lines. I don't know why they have stuck with a 3rd generation of "K" cameras as the K mount has was also on the M, LX etc..... The LX was their professional 35mm SLR, so perhaps there is something to come out in a year or two....

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This is always the problem with hierarchal model designations. How do you designate something better than the '1' model?
K-1+ ? Ultimately, it's doomed to random shifts and illogical progressions.

I say go full blown Zeiss/Ikea and just make up catchy, arbitrary names. Skorz. Apsh. Maarsoni. Ichaldalflex.

Endless and no dead ends, (though absolutely arbitrary).
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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
Well the K is for "K-mount", which both formats use. Might be better to distinguish the product lines numerically or to add a second letter.
Kinda like how Canon's FF models are single digit (7D) and the APS-C are two digits (70D). Nikon's FF offerings are 3 digits and the APS-C ones 4 digits.

Pentax had been decreasing in primes: 7, 5, 3. 1 is not prime. This model should have been 2. But after that...no more primes. Guess it's K-(-1) next?
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QuoteOriginally posted by MadMathMind Quote
Kinda like how Canon's FF models are single digit (7D) and the APS-C are two digits (70D). Nikon's FF offerings are 3 digits and the APS-C ones 4 digits.

Pentax had been decreasing in primes: 7, 5, 3. 1 is not prime. This model should have been 2. But after that...no more primes. Guess it's K-(-1) next?
So these are not primes but just decreasing odd numbers and 1 fits. Not sure what comes next though ... maybe that's going to be the last K-mount camera ever made?
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QuoteOriginally posted by MadMathMind Quote
Kinda like how Canon's FF models are single digit (7D) and the APS-C are two digits (70D). Nikon's FF offerings are 3 digits and the APS-C ones 4 digits.

Pentax had been decreasing in primes: 7, 5, 3. 1 is not prime. This model should have been 2. But after that...no more primes. Guess it's K-(-1) next?
Maybe they could try ascending even numbers next; K-2, K-4 etc.
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The next odd number in the sequence is -1, and as we all know, Pentax Is Doomed (TM), or in the vernacular - rooted.

So perhaps the next model should be the K-i

It's complex, I imagine.
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QuoteOriginally posted by MadMathMind Quote
Kinda like how Canon's FF models are single digit (7D) and the APS-C are two digits (70D).
The 7D is not FF. 22.3 x 14.9 mm sensor is barely even APS-C. Nor were some of their 1D's (Mark iv and earlier) at 27.9 x 18.6 mm which is only a few mm's bigger than a K10 or K5.
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Next will be K* and K*ii.
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